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The Baha'i Community of Ashkhabad; its Social Basis and Importance in Baha'i History

ByM. Momen

In this chapter I will briefly survey the origin and history of the Baha'i community in Ashkhabad in Turkistan. An analysis will be presented of the social composition of this community. Finally an attempt will be made to assess the importance of the Ashkhabad Baha'i community in terms of the rest of the Baha'i world. The sources for this paper are mainly various Baha'i histories1 but other corroborating material is presented where available.2